RIP, Another Period

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Frock Flicks note: This is a guest post by our friend Loren Dearborn, who blogs at The Costumer’s Closet

 

At the end of 2018, news broke that Another Period, Comedy Central’s show spoofing costume dramas like Downton Abbey and reality shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians, had been cancelled.

Another Period - scream

From the very first episode in 2015, I was hooked. The mix of reality TV and riffs on real history as we followed the antics of the rich and spoiled Bellacort family just slayed me. I’ve been too overcome with grief to make a post before now, but after a long stint on the fainting couch in the east morphine room I think I may finally be up to the task…

Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of the show as we say goodbye to the Bellacorts.

Foremost in my mind is Lillian, the beautiful heiress determined to reach the pinnacle of Newport society

Another Period - Lillian

Such a lady!

Another Period - Lillian

She would do whatever was needed to to reach her goal.

Another Period - Lillian

Even when she went to prison she still managed to retain her dignity.

Another Period - Lillian

Then there was the lovable Mayor Cutie, Lillian’s constant companion, friend … and bitter rival. For a time they were so close they even dressed alike.

Another Period - Lillian & Mayor Cutie

Sailor suits!

Another Period - Lillian & Mayor Cutie

Formal green.

Another Period - Lillian & Mayor Cutie

Dressed for a double suicide!

But in the end their rivalry was too great for the friendship to last.

Another Period - Mayor Cutie

That’s not her real hair!

Lillian’s sister Beatrice had a wit and grace that were truly remarkable to behold.

Another Period - Beatrice

White dust number picture!

Such an amazing athlete.

Another Period - Beatrice

So brave!

Another Period - Beatrice

And so very beautiful!

Another Period - Beatrice

Their brother Frederick was the ideal of Newport manhood.

Another Period - Frederick

His long years of campaigning…

Another Period - Frederick

Paid off when he became Vice President!

Another Period - Frederick

While in office he worked tirelessly for the good for the American people.

Another Period - Frederick

Then there was Hortense who could be relied upon to always do the sensible thing.

Another Period - Hortense

She was involved with the Women’s Temperance Society.

Another Period - Hortense

And waged a tireless campaign for women’s suffrage.

Another Period - Hortense

She was truly multifaceted.

Another Period - Hortense

Dodo, the matriarch of the house, always strove to teach her children how to behave properly.

Another Period - Dodo

Her patience with them was legendary.

Another Period - Dodo

And she always knew just what to say to comfort them.

Another Period - Dodo

And then there was the rakish, and often absent, head of the family, the Commodore.

Another Period - Commodore

Such a way with words!

Another Period - Commodore

The staff of Bellcourt Manor was also an inspiration. From Chair’s dedication to her job…

Another Period - Chair

To Blanche’s quiet dignity while serving the family.

Another Period - Blanche

Hamish conveyed the feelings of the average servant with such eloquence.

Another Period - Hamish

Garfield was a particular favorite of mine, his boyish good nature won him friends everywhere.

Another Period - Garfield

Oh, but Peepers! Who could forget Peepers, the greatest butler of all!

Another Period - Peepers

The depth of his dedication to his mistress…

Another Period - Peepers

Was only eclipsed by his dedication to his craft.

Another Period - Peepers

But their lives were not without difficulty, no, there were many trials in store for the Bellacourts … such as sex troubles …

There was Chair’s affair with the Commodore.

Another Period - Chair & Commodore

Which lead to Dodo’s fight with Chair over the Commodore.

Another Period - Chair & Dodo

And Beatrice’s ongoing affair with her brother Frederick.

Causing Frederick to battle with his urges.

Another Period - Frederick

Even gentlemanly butler Peepers struggled.

Another Period - Peepers

There were money problems too. Such as their love of jewels…

Another Period - Lillian

Such a love of money…

Another Period - Chair & Commodore

And a love of rolling in money.

Another Period - Lillian

Alas, like many wealthy TV families, they had problems with addictions, such as…

Booze!

Another Period - Lillian

Morphine!

Another Period - Dodo

Romance powder!

Another Period - Lillian

And cocaine wine!

Another Period - cocaine wine

How well I know the struggle, for I too have struggled with addiction — my addiction to the Bellacourts! Oh, Another Period, how I will miss you!

Another Period - Lillian Another Period

 

Did you follow the Bellacourts’ foibles? Will you miss Another Period too?

4 Responses

  1. Elizabeth K. Mahon

    I haven’t watched every episode, but one of my favorites is the one where they went to Harriet Tubman for advice on how to become famous and she started talking about marketing and brand, which led them to try to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

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  2. Elizabeth Bell

    For me, the two highlights were:

    The Helen Keller episode featuring the real-life Deaf actress Shoshannah Stern, which miraculously managed to be funny without being offensive

    The song “I’ll F**k You in Heaven,” the perfect mockery of forbidden love (and I adore forbidden love stories): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOsvfl-PGqk

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  3. Cheryl from Maryland

    So sad. I loved the show, especially since I LOATHED Downtown Abbey. A comic TV representation of critic Mary Collum’s witticism to Hemingway — “The only difference between the rich and other people is that the rich have more money.” Which Hemingway stole and added Fitzgerald for verisimilitude. For more on how a woman once more lost credit for a killer bon mot, cf: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/13/books/l-the-rich-are-different-907188.html

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